NIP Scholarship Program Winners for 2017 - 2018


The Naval Intelligence Professionals take great pleasure in announcing the 2017-2018 selectees for the Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarships. These $5000 scholarships represent an investment in the future, and are awarded for overall excellence in academics, extra-curricular activities and career goals. This year’s applicants were exceptionally well qualified, and competition was formidable. We offer our heartiest congratulations to the following awardees:

Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen Scholarship – Hannah Leese, sponsored by CDR Bryan Leese of Commander Carrier Strike Group TWO, lives in Chesapeake VA. She will begin her third year at SUNY Maritime College in New York, with a major in Marine Engineering with a USCG Engine License. Her plans are to specialize in engine and ship system design with a focus on environmentally friendly ship systems. This is her second award of a NIP Scholarship.

Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship – Noah Freye, sponsored by LCR Jeff Freye of Riverine Group TWO, lives, in Chesapeake VA. He will be starting his college career at William and Mary and majoring in Biology. His goal is to become a medical doctor with a research focus on epicutaneous immunotherapy, controlling allergen reactions through use of a patch.

Captain George J. O’Donnell, Jr., Scholarship – Lauren A. Scarry, sponsored by CDR Thomas P. Scarry of CNO IP, lives in Ashburn VA. She’ll be starting her third year at Virginia Tech, majoring in National Security and Foreign Affairs, with a minor in Spanish. Her career goal is to work in the intelligence community, particularly in the area of world politics and international relations.

Captain (Select) Kurt William Juengling Scholarship – Rand S. Duarte, sponsored by CAPT Beau Duarte of PMA-268, lives in Leonardtown MD. She’ll be starting her third year at Stanford University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Arabic. Her plans are to pursue a career in the federal government using her Arabic skills in either a diplomatic or law enforcement position. This is her second award of a NIP Scholarship.

Commander Dan F. Shanower Scholarship – Victoria Nelson, sponsored by SCPO James H. Nelson of NIWA Ft. Meade, lives in Elkridge MD. She’ll be starting her second year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a major in Geography and Environmental Systems. Her plans are to become a metereologist, researching methods to improve warning times for tornadoes.

Captain Anthony D. Sesow Scholarship – Taylor K. Whitworth, sponsored by RDML Frank Whitworth III of AFRICOM, lives in Durham NC. She will be starting her fourth year at Duke University with a double major in International Comparative Studies (Middle East) and English, with a minor in Arabic. She plans to apply her work in Comparative Studies to a government career. This is her second award of a NIP Scholarship.